Friday, April 22, 2011
They Arrest Stalkers, Don't They?
These two articles taken from the San Antonio Express-News provide excellent illustrations of the first of the "Axioms For Stalking Victims" that I discussed in a recent post here: It's the stalkers who are mentally ill, not their victims. Notice how they commit repeated criminal acts that are far outside the realm of normal behavior, even after having experienced negative consequences from their actions. They are simply not capable of stopping their criminal behavior on their own, and when not stopped by law enforcement, their acts tend to escalate over time.
These two perpetrators appear to be at the most serious end of the spectrum of stalkers I discussed previously. While I'm no mental health expert, I would venture an educated guess that their criminal behaviors classify them as psychopaths.
Can you see that although the victims in both of these cases were severely traumatized, now that they are protected from their stalkers (and probably receiving counseling and/or therapy), they will get better? Whereas, if their tormentors aren't kept behind bars, they will almost certainly continue their criminal behaviors?
These cases also show very well the known connections between stalkers at the worst end of the stalking spectrum and serial killers. These types of psychopaths get sick thrills from stalking, torturing, and killing human prey (they do not see other people as human beings!), and they are arguably the worst criminals law enforcement faces as far as their danger to the public.
Please also notice that the first article hints at the perpetrator's involvement in organized stalking as well as one-on-one stalking. I am currently aware of a number of organized/gang stalking participants who concurrently commit sexual assaults, murders, and other personal crimes against victims they are hired to stalk and then attempt to hide behind the gang for protection from law enforcement, which all too often they receive.
It's encouraging to see that some of the most serious stalkers actually are charged and arrested. There are honest, hard-working law enforcement personnel out there who need to understand the seriousness of stalking behavior and be encouraged to vigorously investigate and prosecute these types of perpetrators.
7/22/2011: Here's an update.
10/1/11 Update: Crews was sentenced to two years in "Club Fed" for federal interstate stalking, plus an additional three-year federal supervision sentence after he gets out. As he has previously served six years in state prison without apparently learning anything, I have serious doubts as to whether the new federal sentence is long enough.